The Taos Ski Valley has recently come under new ownership and plans for expansion are under way. Something of a right of passage, access to 12,481 ft. Kachina Peak has long required an approximately 45 minute hike climbing 660 vertical ft. from the highest chair.
By as early as next season the ski valley is taking the steps to build a 5 minute lift to this coveted drop off. Locals and visitors alike are scrambling to make the trek before lift access invades the serenity of the remote peak access, the 360 degree expansive views, the herds of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep that feed just over the ridge line, and the sense of accomplishment in making the journey to the top of Taos’ in bounds terrain. Though not quite the last frontier, Taos has long held onto many traditions and ideals. The Taos Ski Valley was skier only holding off on snowboarding until just a few years ago. It has been family owned for three generations making the transition this year, and with that transition various expansion projects including the Kachina lift are on the table and on their way.